One of my favorite memories from my youth minister days was bowling with a group of our high school kids at a CIY Summer Conference. I had recently watched a TV broadcast of some type of extreme bowling where the fans were rowdy and there were cool laser lights and stuff. When we started our game, we decided to make our own version. Everyone would chant the bowler’s name until that person released the ball. Then we’d cheer for the person – regardless of how many pins were knocked down. It was, somehow, really encouraging. And it was really fun. It was one of those times when I think we made memories for some of those students. I know it was a memory for me.

That doesn’t really have much to do with the bowling we did today – except that we went bowling and it took place in a bowling alley. Caleb’s birthday party was today, so he took some of his friends bowling. They had fun. Aiden told me that he wants to have a bowling party for his birthday now. We’ll see if he still wants it 6 months from now…

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Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

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Sure makes a papa proud.

And yes, those are guardrails. It was cool. When you typed in the player’s name, it asked if that player wanted bumpers or not. They automatically come up for each assigned player.

Extreme bowling at its finest!